In Burkina Faso, WFP’s school meals programme brings much needed relief to over 90,000 children in the country’s Sahel region. The region is the most food-insecure and has the highest rate of malnutrition in Burkina Faso.
Drought and the consequent hunger are forcing parents to take painful decisions – such as taking their children out of school. The school meals programme plays a critical role in keeping children in school, says director Ousmane Koanda.
In addition to the meals served in school, girls enrolled in the last two grades are receiving a take-home ration of 10 kg cereals per months which encourages parents to keep girls in school and enables them to complete the primary school cycle.